Family members packed a courtroom Tuesday for the manslaughter case of 31-year old David Alvarez, who is charged with causing the death of 25-year old Aaron Juarez.
On Tuesday, Alvarez asked that his $200,000 bond be reduced. Alvarez was in violation of his bond conditions for DWI charges on the night of June 1 at the Whataburger on Saratoga and Cimarron. That's when the incident took place.
Juarez had opened his car door too quickly, accidentally denting the vehicle that Alvarez was riding in, and prompting the confrontation. Alvarez allegedly punched Juarez, who then fell to the ground and ultimately died from his injuries.
Alvarez' father and the father of the victim both took the stand in defense of their sons.
Alvarez's attorney said his client is indigent and cannot afford to come up with the $20,000, 10-percent of his bond, required to bond out. His father told the judge that the family has been unable to raise the funds.
That's when the victim's father made an emotional plea.
"My concern is that he wouldn't comply with a reduced bond if he were to meet it," said Fabean Juarez, the victim's father. "If he had complied before, my son would still be alive."
28th District Court Judge Nanette Hasette said she would consider the motion and make a decision at a later date.
If convicted, Alvarez could face up to 20 years in prison.
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